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Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights

Sat, 29 Sep 2005 12:05:00 EST

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- This week, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) holds its biennial meeting in Geneva ... The discussion is over a new twist on traditional property rights: Is the public harmed by the private ownership of IP goods? And, if so, should IP goods lose their property protection for the benefit of all?"

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- This week, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) holds its biennial meeting in Geneva. At stake is the proposed 'Development Agenda,' which considers the impact of intellectual property rights (IP) on developing nations.

The discussion is over a new twist on traditional property rights: Is the public harmed by the private ownership of IP goods? And, if so, should IP goods lose their property protection for the benefit of all?

A new Institute for Policy Innovation publication, 'Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights,' suggests that WIPO members should not hesitate to uphold IP protection.

'Several internationally recognized documents such as The U.S. Constitution, The American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Men, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economics, Social and Cultural Rights make it clear that those concerned about human rights made a conscious and concerted effort to ensure that intellectual property rights were protected," said IPI President Tom Giovanetti.'"

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